When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.
For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.
Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.
The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. Across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2016 was $37,172; for Ohio students, that figure was $30,239.
If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider a gift to the MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MOVING FORWARD scholarship campaign, which is the University's most important initiative. You may also establish a named scholarship at The University of Akron, which can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.
To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238.
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Dennis, Eleanor and Walter Student Scholarship
Established in 1996 by Mrs. Patricia Ballard in loving memory of her parents, The Eleanor and Walter Dennis Student Scholarship provides financial support for deserving students. Mr. Walter Dennis, who was known as "Mr. New York" by his friends and family, enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career as an executive with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. He was a man of remarkable accomplishments and uncompromising integrity. Although he received no formal college training, he strongly believed in the importance of higher education. Mrs. Eleanor Dennis' devotion and support for her husband and his work exemplified the adage that "behind every great man there is a great woman." Her abiding confidence in Mr. Dennis and her dedication to her family complimented his success as a businessman and a father.